Sunday, November 4, 2018

Post #119 - ATOBTM: 1990 Pacific Baseball Legends

I've said it time and time again, but it bears repeating: I draw a lot of inspiration from other bloggers. Ask any teacher I ever had in high school or college - I am not a creative person. I'm very cut and dry, here's what you asked for, enjoy. So to spice things up online a bit, I utilize ideas other bloggers have made staples and twist it to fit my own agenda.

For example, take a look at this new segment I'm rolling out. I stole the idea from Marc at Remember the Astrodome. When Marc completes an Astros team set, he highlights it in a segment that he calls "All About The Astros" (or something similar; no pressure Bru, but I think it's been a while since I've seen one of those posts, so my name memory may not be exactly perfect!).

To use this idea to my advantage, I'll call my completed Reds team sets "ATOBTM", or, "And This One Belongs to Me." Doesn't make any sense?

In 1974, after calling his second Cincinnati Reds game ever, Marty Brennaman came up with one of the most iconic victory calls ever (yes, I'm totally, 100% biased). While it may not be heard as much anymore, "And this one belongs to the Reds" gives me chills everytime. Social media has taken to putting a hashtag in front of the abbreviation, making it #ATOBTTR. So now you can at least see my connection. I told you I wasn't creative.

Anyway, despite my Reds collection possibly being even more disorganized than it was six months ago (despite my best efforts, I promise) I flipped through a small 800 count box of random baseball cards tonight, and completed a team set. Seriously. And as you can probably guess from the title of this post, it's the 1990 Pacific Legends baseball set.

I've done enough of an introduction, so let's jump into this three card team set and see what it entails, shall we?

Card #55 - Lee May

I'm actually a fan of the front of this design. The silver border makes for a nice frame, and most of the images are reminiscent of days gone by.

The yellow backs, however, evoke memories of 1991 Fleer, which may carry it's own charm but still makes me cringe just a tad. "The Big Bopper," as May was known, put together a nice career with the Reds from 1965-71, and made the Reds Hall of Fame in 2006.

Card #72: George Foster

Needing even less of an introduction, Foster is perhaps the most well-remembered Red of the three in this set. He played with the Reds from 1971-1981 and cracked 244 of his 347 careers homers in Cincinnati.

While Foster was before my time, I was always surprised growing up to find out that he never was elected to Cooperstown. However, he did make the Reds Hall of Fame in 2003.

Card #74 - Buddy Bell

Hoo boy, anyone else miss those largely striped waistband pants? This card is an interesting inclusion as a Red here, as Bell wasn't exactly spectacular from 1985-1988 in Cincinnati. However, it is more interesting to note his connection to the franchise that still exists today.

You see, Buddy's son David was just recently hired as the new Reds manager, a move that many felt was mainly due to his father's standing in the front office. Regardless of how that works out, I will always feel like this card knew of Buddy's attachment to the Cincinnati organization well before he did.

Well, there you have it. A completed Reds team set. I guess I'll put this back into a Reds box for now until I get around to paging my Reds cards. Regardless, I hope that as I begin to piece together team sets, I can show off more and more here with a new segment.

Hopefully everyone has had a restful weekend and is ready to take on a new week starting tomorrow. As always, thanks for reading!


Saturday, October 20, 2018

Post #118 - An eBay Success!

It's rainy and cold and pretty much just crappy outside today, so after watching my Army Black Knights hold on for a 31-30 win over Miami (OH) in double OT today, I figured it was a good time to write about a recent eBay score I've had.

I'll be honest, I haven't had much time to write, nor much material. Tighter finances mean less cards, as disappointing as that is. However, I was able to unload a couple extra commons on eBay recently (you can find my store link on the right hand side of my blog) and get some spending money in my PayPal. After doing a few searches, I came away with three cards (so far).

I'm only showing one off today, because the other two that I picked up are for the Season of Giving I'll be doing in December again this year. Thus, this will have to wait for their day in the sun. But this one, I'm quite proud of.

I was thrilled to add this Shawn Green autograph from 2014 Panini Prizm to my collection. I've been searching for an affordable auto of my favorite player of all-time for a while now, and I was pleased to land this one.

Yeah, it's unlicensed, and yeah, he's listed with Toronto (even though it sure looks like a road gray Los Angeles jersey), and yes, it's hard to tell but it is a sticker auto. But for $4.95 plus free shipping, this was a no-brainer for me.

For now, this one is staying in my PC of Green. Usually, I would add the autograph to my Autograph Binder, but I feel better knowing I have a certified signature appearing in the modest Shawn Green collection. After all, this was one of my New Year's goals.

Here's one more look at my new prized beauty:

Yay me! I can also now pull a Certified Shawn Green auto off of my top 10 most wanted list on the sidebar, and think of something new to replace it with!

Thanks to all of you for reading this brief post, and I hope you all have a great weekend!


Thursday, October 4, 2018

Post #117 - Autograph Appreciation: Peter Vermes (Plus Some Contest Plugs)

It's been a slow September here at Hoarding Cardboard, and that's okay by me. I don't feel the need to post every day, or even every week. I'm not here to clutter your screens up with tons of words with no cardboard to show off - I'm not that great of a writer. However, I do occasionally get the urge to write (just like that urge to rip some wax, although usually not as strong) and today is one of those occasions.

It's time to wrap up the soccer portion of my Autograph Appreciation series by taking a look at the final one:

Peter Vermes signed this 1994 Upper Deck World Cup card for me many years ago. So long ago, in fact, that I have no record of when I sent it, where I sent it, or when I got it back. But apparently, I did. So let's take this opportunity to learn a little more about Mr. Vermes, shall we?

Vermes was born in 1966 in Willingboro, New Jersey, and attended nearby Delran High School. Before walking across the stage for his high school diploma in 1984, Peter had amassed 109 goals in his high school career, a statistic that would lead to him being named one of the top-10 New Jersey high school soccer players of the 1980s.

Vermes attended Loyola College in Maryland for his freshman year of college, but transferred at the end of the academic near to Rutgers, where he played his final three years. His amateur career culminated in an outstanding senior season that saw him score 21 goals, rack up 10 assists, be named first-team All American, finish second in the Player of the Year race, and score a game-winning goal to beat Seton Hall in the NCAA Tournament.

Upon graduation, Peter did what many soccer players would do at the time, and headed to Europe. With the exception of a three game stint with the Tampa Bay Rowdies in 1991, Vermes spent seven years in Europe, in Hungary (1989), the Netherlands (1990), and Spain (1991-1995).

After a year of being on loan to the New York Fever (1995), Vermes was able to get the MLS off the ground, being drafted by and captaining the New York/New Jersey Metrostars. Despite leading the team in minutes played, Vermes was traded in February of 1997 to the Colorado Rapids, where he spent three years before ultimately being traded to the Kansas City Wizards.

Peter's first season in Kansas City saw the club win the MLS Cup and Vermes himself be named the MLS Defensive Player of the Year. Unfortunately, the next two seasons were marred with injuries, and Vermes announced his retirement after the 2002 season.

To go in hand with an excellent professional career, Vermes also saw some success on the International stage, with 66 appearances for the United States National Team. These included appearances in the 1988 Olympics, the 1990 World Cup, and the 1991 CONCACAF Gold Cup. Despite appearing on the 1994 card pictured above, Vermes was one of the last cuts from the USMNT before the World Cup. Perhaps the highlight of his international career was being named 1988 U.S. Soccer Athlete of the Year, as well as U.S. Olympic Player of the Year.

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Vermes with the Kansas City Wizards (photo from MLS Soccer)

After taking over as technical director of the Wizards in 2006, Vermes held the same position until 2009, when he was named interim manager of the team. This is a position that he has not given up since, as he is now the longest-tenured manager in MLS history. In addition, when he managed his 302nd MLS match in August of 2018, he set the record for most matches coached by a single person with a single franchise. Under his guidance, the Wizards (now Sporting Kansas City) have won the MLS Cup once (2013) and the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup three times (2012, 2015, and 2017). 

In April of 2013, Peter Vermes was elected to the U.S. Soccer Hall of Fame, earning his place in soccer history forever.

While I'm not a huge soccer fan, I do know enough to know that being with the same club for 10 years is just astounding - I'm guessing I sent his card at the beginning of this post to the Wizards sometime in 2008 or 2009.

Monday, September 24, 2018

Post #116 - Starting the Week with HHN

In a group on Facebook that I'm in (Trading Card Collectors Society), just last week I mentioned how my Wal-Mart didn't seem to carry Archives, Heritage, or A&G, so I settled for a pack of Topps Series 1. That worked out pretty good:

Now, that's besides the point (I just wanted an excuse to show off that sweet Goldschmidt before getting to him in my Autograph Appreciation series; that probably won't happen until 2030). The point is that today, I grabbed a hangar pack of Heritage High Numbers from the rack, because I saw it and it was new.

Not a great purchase for me. And I haven't even opened the pack yet. In fact, I'm going to be scanning about six cards at a time and giving my thoughts as we go through this. So let's get started.

Nice to get the Gleyber rookie in the first six cards. And maybe Wrigley Roster Jenga can use that Chatwood if he doesn't already have it. But as we move along, allow me to explain why this wasn't a good purchase for me.

First of all, this hangar was $9.97. That's 35 cards for $10, or roughly 28 and a half cents per card. While the overall price isn't awful, unless I get a ton of cards I need, it isn't really worth it.

Nice to get a Reds card in Romano. The Cobb in the lower right is a SP. And I find the Drury photo interesting - the Spring Training patch this late in September is jarring.

The Romano brings up my next disappointment - I just spent $10 on a hangar box that would have very little of interest to my collection. Maybe a few Reds players, but Posey and Votto, my two current guy PCs, don't have High Number cards. Thus, so far, I'll only be keeping the Romano. The Torres and Cobb cards will probably find eBay here shortly unless someone wants them.

Halfway done and not much to write home about.

Another reason for my instant buyer's remorse - the 1969 design is just not doing it for me. When it first came out with Heritage this year, it was kinda cool. But it's definitely one of the more forgettable vintage designs for me. I know not all will agree, but that's just how I feel.

Hey, Juan Soto! That's a nice rookie - except it's already dinged in the lower right corner. A few cards from this package have been. It's still a nice pick-up, but the Romano is still the only keeper so far.

And thus ends the hangar box. Nothing noteworthy here either.

I'm curious to hear if anyone else feels the same about HHN. I know some have already indicated that at this point, it's just dragging out Heritage. But I'd be curious to hear other opinions.

All cards minus the Sal Romano here are up for trade. If no one indicates they want the Soto, Gleyber, or Cobb SP within about 24 hours, they'll be on eBay. The rest will likely wind up in a box to be used for future trade or TTM fodder.

While this was probably sounding like a whiny post, I should clarify that it's not meant to be. Very few things are as fun as ripping into a box and seeing what comes out.

Even if you overpaid. And only kept one card.

Thanks for reading, and have a great week!


Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Post #115 - Back At It

Many have noted it. I've seen it myself. August and September are the "dog days" of blogging. Maybe it's because most of us are baseball card bloggers, as opposed to football, so with the long season winding down the urge to write or read about the sport (especially when the playoff picture has become clearer and clearer with each passing day) has lessened. Maybe it's because of a lack of releases (I've yet to see my Wal-Mart stock A&G, Archives, or hardly even Heritage in 2018). I haven't posted all of September; part of that is a lack of time, while part of it is also a lack of cardboard to write about. I was intending on doing an Autograph Appreciation post last last week but life jumped in the way yet again. Hopefully this post can get me back on a solid track.

A while back, in a previous post, I had showcased some cards from the group break I participated in with Cards on Cards. While I was finally able to get a long overdue thank you package out to Kerry last week, I was also able to send a few of the cards from said break to an even better home.

You see, Gavin from Baseball Card Breakdown had mentioned that a few of the cards I scanned fit one of his PCs. So, while constructing my weekly bubble mailer one week, I threw some PC cards together for him (as well as the two he mentioned) and fired it off. Gavin's (unnecessary) return package was in my mailbox last night, and if you've ever gotten cards from BCB, you know he always packs a punch. Let's see the contents.

The first thing I noticed was the note Gavin included with the envelope. Usually, most of us just use scratch paper or index cards (I myself am still working through my college stash of 3x5 cards and only recently used up the neon green ones), but check this out:

The front may seem like a regular note, until one takes in the back.

I don't know if Gavin created this specifically for sending out with trade packages, but how cool is this? It's even personalized at the bottom, if you look at the tagline. With the stuff Panini and Topps are churning out these days, either one of them could benefit from Gavin's talents and creativity *hint, hint*

Now, on to the cardboard!

New Joey Votto card alert! One of these days (hopefully soon) I finish up documenting my Posey collection and wantlist and move on to Votto cards - I think this PC is really starting to gain some momentum.

This Homer Bailey card from 2010 Upper Deck missed being new to my collection by about 4 days, as this past weekend I picked up a small box that I had left at my parents (along with still a bulk of my collection) and this was in it. That being said, I'd still like to build this set someday, so this card gets shelved until it's future use comes around.

Here's something odd; the only other card in the envelope that I already had documented was the Bowman gold parallel on the right. A welcome dupe nonetheless, but it's always odd for me to pick up a double parallel before a base card. That Bowman Chrome rookie on the left however...hubba hubba! That card alone was more than fair based on what I sent to Oregon, but we aren't done yet!

Topps Mini! These 2013 parallels mark my first such cards. I've never seen this for sale anywhere. Are they an online exclusive every year?

These 1982 Topps K-Mart 20th Anniversary cards of Joe Morgan are welcome additions as well. I love cards like this.

No, that's not me. That's Jason Campbell, from the 1994 Vision Generation Extreme set. Gavin, of course, has collections of every player named Gavin. While Jason seems to be a bit more of a common name and I don't think that's something I could pull off, I do now have a 100% complete PC of one of them. This is Campbell's only trading card issued.

While it doesn't seem like it would "fit" my collection, I'm always thrilled to add unique, fun cards. This one will join my future mini-binder of customs, fun stuff, and a 1989 Fleer Billy Ripken (someday).

Finally, Gavin landed one more punch for me.

Ronald Martin from LSU is a member of the Indianapolis Colts and is currently sitting on the injured reserve list.

But regardless of injured reserve or practice squad, bench player or future Hall of Famer, Ronald Martin was previously unrepresented in my Green Autograph Binder, so this 2015 Leaf Draft AU slides into a spot nicely.

Gavin, thanks for an excellent envelope. This was a lot of fun to document and sift through, and I'm sure I'll have another bubble mailer ready for you sometime in the future. Thanks for reading!


Thursday, August 30, 2018

Post #114 - How to Say Thanks

The last month or so, I've been trying to get a bubble mailer sent out every Friday to different bloggers. Last week was Gavin at Baseball Card Breakdown; the week before that was Night Owl Cards. While Marc at Remember the Astrodome wasn't near the top of the list at the time, he was on there; after all, few have wantlists easier to comb through than he does.

Plus, I just dumped a flat rate envelope on him a few weeks back, and my Astros hoard is somewhat depleted because of it (not that I'm complaining; it's a good thing!). However, after going to my mailbox Wednesday afternoon, Bru is going to have to be bumped up the list a little bit, because the odd-shaped bubble mailer I found was just unbelievable.

I should add that I knew this mailer was coming; Marc had left a comment on a previous post about obtaining my address so he could throw some PC stuff my way. But still...let's start with the Reds. And for fun, let's see a running count of how many new cards to my Reds collection we find here.

We start with a trio of early score. I've said it before and I'll keep saying, but I love seeing Dave Parker in red (and gray/white). Of these three, only the Parker is a dupe, but because I like it so much, I'm not complaining. New cards: 2

Sticking with Score, only the John Franco in the upper left is from the 1990 base set; the rest are from the Traded. How many are new? All five! And as a kicker, the four Traded cards are the only four from the set, so that "team set" is done! New cards: 7

1987 Topps, anyone? We might all be sick of this design by now, but any card with Pete Rose on it is a winner in my book. And at this point, I suspect Marc may have looked at my Reds collection on the TCDB, because all four of these are new as well. New cards: 11

A smattering of a few more junk wax sets here (as always, "junk wax" used subjectively). Man that 1991 Fleer is loud (I can't wait to build that set someday). Regarding new cards, Bru continues his hot streak, as only the Browning is a duplicate! New cards: 16

What at first seems to be three 1990 Topps cards is actually three different sets. The Leary is from the base set, the Layana from the Traded set, and the Morris is from the Traded light back set (it appears). I'd say all three of these have a good chance at being new, and they are! New cards: 19.

Unfortunately, we have our first 0-for, as all three of these Reds cards already reside in the collection. That includes the Joey Votto, which is rare; usually he's just in the PC and not the Reds collection. Alas, we move on. New cards: 19.

I know we have some new ones here, because I've opened 0 A&G, one pack of Stadium Club, and one fat pack of Big League, and none of these cards arrived. The only one I wasn't sure on was the Mella Series 2, but that's a need too. Bru is back on track! New cards: 25

How about three more new ones as well? The Morgan is a "Cards Your Mom Threw Out" insert from 2010 Topps and is the one duplicate (albeit a great one), while the Perez is from 2013 Archives. New cards: 28

These 2016 Topps Stickers were hard to scan with the white borders, and the logo actually is attached to another logo sticker as well (Cleveland). But these three are new as well, so Total new cards: 31.

I kept a running total of new Reds cards because Bru mentioned in his note that he hoped I could find some use for them. No worries Marc - as you can see, the overwhelming majority fit nicely in the Reds collection, and I'm even happy to add the duplicates as well!

Now, let's move on to some PC stuff, shall we?

Marc took care of some of my 2018 Posey needs; it's especially nice to land the Chrome, and although I have the Player's Weekend Big League card and the regular 1983 insert, I didn't have the two pictured here. Plus the Archives coin is a nice piece of metal!

Now, everything you've seen here so far would be tough enough to top on it's own. But these next few images will explain what I mean in my title about saying thanks. Because a thank you to Marc will probably never be enough.

Sure, this 1992 Upper Deck Shawn Green rookie is already in my collection. But not graded. Not graded an SGC 96. Holy cow. Bru insists he doesn't know where this came from, but I'm sure glad it's mine. What an awesome addition to my PC.

Not nearly as awesome as these, though:

Say, how do I look on the 1970 Topps design? I had an inkling this might be coming; after all, he found me on Twitter to ask if this picture on Flickr was me, and after I confirmed, I put two and two together and knew he was up to something. I didn't know it was this, though!

Nor this:

Bam! 1959 Topps, how do ya like it? It's every kid's dream to be on a baseball card someday, and thanks to Marc's awesome skills, now I can say I'm on not one, not two...

...but three! I think this might be my favorite of the three, as I love the '88 Topps design and I'm a sucker for this photo. Ultimately, my dad may end up with one of these three (this last one is off-limits to him, I already decided that), but all of them will be a treasured part of my collection for the rest of my life.

Marc, I can't say thank you enough, and it won't do it justice anyway. This was a very thoughtful, fun, and downright awesome package. I'll round up a few Astros and some PC stuff for ya and send it your way here in a few days!

Hopefully everyone enjoyed flipping through this page as much as I enjoyed shuffling through the cardboard that arrived. Thanks for reading, and have a great weekend!


Friday, August 24, 2018

Post #113 - Group Breaks are Good for the Soul

Another group break from Colbey over at Cardboard Collections. This one was a charity break, where all of the proceeds went to a fellow collector in an effort to raise money for his family's adoption. I won't go into the details for fear of not doing it justice, so you can read about it from Colbey here

As usual, I pulled down the Reds as my main spot, and after randomization received the A's as team #2. Some very interesting products were a part of this break: 2012 Topps Opening Day, 2013 Panini Prizm, 2013 Pinnacle, and a bonus blaster of 2018 Topps Chrome.

Let's start with the opening act and the Oakland A's:

These were my Opening Day representatives from Oakland, including two Josh Reddick rookie cups.

Shiny is fun! Especially the Doolittle rookie. Not a huge name, but I could have done worse.

And the Pinnacle portion of Oakland. Looks like all I'm missing from the team set is Grant Balfour (not that I'm in a rush to complete it by any stretch). I really like the Ricky Henderson card in the middle of the top row, even sans logo.

If anyone is interested in any of the A's cards, they don't really fit my collection so just drop me a line.

Now, for the main attraction, let's see what Reds cards Colbey pulled for me!

Excuse the crooked scans. Quite a few duplicates, but that doesn't bother me so much. Two Votto's means one for the PC and one for the Reds box; that doesn't happen often!

I also scored a few inserts from the Opening Day box; both the Skills and Superstar Celebrations are headed to the Votto PC, but Gapper (I still think Mr. Redleg should be the mascot representative) can hit the Reds box with the rest of 'em!

Just like with the A's, I'm only one card away from the team set. Ha! Kidding! Two cards - this Votto is also headed to the PC, as I didn't have it. Anyone got an extra?

One of the inserts from this set was a five card "Hit King" insert, featuring Pete Rose - I ended up with card number 5, so now it's off to track down four more!

This "Essence of the Game" insert was one of my favorites. It's hard to tell in the scan, but all of that white area with the stars is clear. Pretty sweet addition to the Votto PC.

Another card with an acetate feature, and this one features some serious shine, even though both are hard to tell in the scan here as well. This is a really awesome card, and the blue sky helps me overlook the lack of team logos.

And let's finish with some shiny, including a 2018 Chrome Votto!

Colbey, thanks so much for another great group break, and for an outstanding cause at that. The world needs more people like you, and I'm glad you're a part of the hobby!

As always, thanks for reading.